Hot! Hot! Hot! What an understatement for the weekend!
The Oak Ridge Festival and the grounds were perfect for our summer show. Even with the extreme heat and the reported attendance being down by half or more our members and Oliver lovers showed their enthusiasm. We had 56 tractors and a few implements on display. We had visitors that traveled 4 ½ and 6 ½ hours to see our show. Doug Mitchell and his family traveled from Fulton, MI, bringing his pair of 1550 hi-crops – an Oliver and a Cockshutt built 9 numbers apart. This beautifully restored pair was part of our outstanding display. We had a great variety of tractors to look at from an Oliver 60 to a 2255, a roller and a crawler. The sawmill was being powered with an 88, and they were making hay with their Oliver’s. The festival itself had about 130 vendors positioned throughout the woods with their crafts and in their time period attire. You could make a day of it shopping, looking and visiting.
Saturday evening we had a dinner for the members just around the corner at the Attica Fairgrounds. The building was very nice and air-conditioned. Lyn Parker arranged the entire dinner and feed us a great meal. Thanks Lyn! Tom Weaver has an Oliver Hart-Parr radiator shell made into a clock which he had on display. Thanks Tom. We had a silent auction going on during dinner. After dinner Larry closed the auction and started announcing the winners of the items. This became quiet comical as he put his special touches on each item presented from “The drinker of the club” who won the bucket of wine the “this is an empty box” for a NIB toy! This all lead up to the last item – a mystery box. Jan Huck had the winning bid and had to open it in front of everyone. In it was a pair of dinner tickets to the fall banquet, 12 raffle tickets, 2 decals, a bottle of monkey butt powder, a 3XL pair of ladies panties with the club logo on the back, a matching pair of men’s whitie tighties, and the best part – an autographed 8 x 10 picture of Larry – HA! I am sure we will see some of this stuff surface again.
The show may have been slow due to the weather but the tent was full as always. We seen many of our members – health issues or not – come and stay for the afternoon visiting and enjoying themselves. We ended the show with 12 new members signed up. This puts us at a new record of 170 members.
Thanks to everyone who brought their Oliver’s to display, participated and helped make another successful show.